, codenamed CV01, was the first Japanese VOCALOID to be both developed and distributed by Crypton Future Media, Inc.. She was initially released in August 2007 for the VOCALOID2 engine and was the first member of the Character Vocal Series
The name of the title and character for the software was chosen by combining Hatsu (初, first), Ne (音, sound), and Miku
(ミク, future), thus meaning "the first sound from the future." She is considered the most popular and well known VOCALOID and the first to become a pop idol. Miku has remained the fan favorite among the Japanese fandom, having the strongest following and usage even after the release of much better VOCALOID2 vocals.
Miku was originally intended to have a different hairstyle, but after trying out pigtails, KEI thought they were more suitable. Her pigtails have since become an iconic part of her design.
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